Evo magazine delivered an eagerly expected timed comparison between two of
the fastest supercars in the world today:
McLaren P1 and Porsche 918 Spyder.
evo's Jethro Bovingdon compared the two at the Anglesey Circuit. Each of the supercars had only one set of tires to use which apparently weren't even optimal. The British manufacturer later delivered another P1 with Pirelli Trofeo tires.
In the end, the P1 set a lap time of 1:11.2 while the 918 Spyder managed a 1:12.4.
The McLaren P1 uses an innovative IPAS petrol-electric powertrain comprising a 3.8-liter twin-turbo V8 petrol engine, coupled to a single electric motor. Combined power output is 916 hp and 900 lb-ft of torque, enough to propel the car to 60 mph in just 2.6 seconds and to a top speed of 217 mph. Thea all-wheel drive Porsche 918 Spyder uses a 4.6-liter V8 engine and electric motors to produce 887 hp and 940 lb-ft of torque. Acceleration to 60 mph takes 2.5 seconds, while the top speed is 213 mph.
In the video, Jethro Bovingdon also revealed what Ferrari has done to improve the performance of the 458 Speciale at Anglesey. He said that Ferrari turned up with seven sets of tires, engineers, racing drivers, etc. They set up the 458 Speciale just for this circuit and spent two days improving the lap time.